PNE sign Beckford on loan

Jermaine Beckford

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Preston North End have signed Bolton Wanderers striker Jermaine Beckford on loan.

The 30-year-old front man has initially joined on an emergency loan deal until January.

That will then turn into a loan for the rest of the season when the transfer window opens.

Beckford links up with PNE boss Simon Grayson for the third time in his career, having played under him at Leeds United and Huddersfield Town.

He has been given the No.10 shirt and goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s clash with Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Grayson said: “You only want to bring in players that you feel will enhance the squad and add to the level of competition that you have and we feel that Jermaine will do that.

“I have worked with him twice before and he has a fantastic goal record. He has played in the Premier League and everyone knows what he is about and I think it’s a big coup for us.”